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Identifying seven signs of terrorism

Posted May 16, 2013 by Commentary by Miguel Mendez

Every day we see signs of unsafe acts and bad driving habits by ordinary folks. Some common examples would be people walking or jogging late at night without reflective clothing in the same direction as the traffic flow or people talking on cell phones, eating fast food or reading maps while driving, but can you…

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From the greenery of Virginia to the desert: 162nd FW welcomes new leader

Posted November 8, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Hollie Hansen Col. Howard “Phil” Purcell speaks to the men and women of the 162nd Fighter Wing as the new wing commander. A former wing vice commander from the 192nd Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Purcell assumed command of the 162nd Fighter Wing during…

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What we do makes an impact

Posted June 19, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman

What we do makes an impact, was the first line on a slide Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, briefed from during a commander’s call on June 9. As I sat in that crowded theater, initially I was inspired. We here at 12th Air Force have made a difference. Since…

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I am an American Airman: I will not fail!

Posted July 5, 2012 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Torri Savarese

Early in my Air Force career, I overheard an NCO say, “The only tradition in the Air Force is constant change.” I should clarify that he more grumbled it than said it. I remember thinking how odd of an...

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Fit to fight, proud to parent

Posted January 18, 2013 by SrA Brittany Dowdle

Courtesy Photo U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle, 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, hugs her son, Easton, Jan. 10. As a single parent in the military, Dowdle faces unique challenges when it comes to taking care of her son. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore) Monday through Friday, I get…

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Find a reason to quit

Posted July 18, 2013 by Commentary by Airman 1st Class Stephan Coleman

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — I smoked my first cigarette on a random day during technical training, and I admit to my own dismay, it was completely because of peer pressure. Months later when the ritual became less of a bonding experience with my friends and more of a habit, I was confronted with the reality…

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A love-hate relationship

Posted January 23, 2014 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Heather Redman

It’s 10:40, and the smell of floor cleaner and body funk welcomes me as I enter into the Haeffner Fitness Center. The Airman working the desk gives me the customary welcome nod as I walk by. It has just occurred to me that I have become one of the lunch time regulars. I enter into…

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Understanding sergeant’s words: ‘I’ve got your back’

Posted August 7, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Yelverton

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant. Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake…

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Credit: (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Siuta B. Ika)
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Youth programs combat negative influences

Posted August 16, 2012 by Commentary by Kimberly Gilman

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — If you have children, especially teenagers, you already know the harrowing statistics that illustrate the dangers they face in the world today.

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths)
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Resiliency combats challenges

Posted March 14, 2013 by Commentary by Retired Chief Master Sergeant Vincent L. Howard

The challenges faced by Airmen are many. Beyond the immediate physical threats generated by deployments, our Airmen must deal with the mental and social effects of being in a high-intensity, stressful and dangerous environment, sometimes for months at a time. These same deployments often force spouses to become “single parents,” due to the myriad of…

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